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Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education



The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education consists of five programs:

View our Institute for Music Education brochure

View our 2020-2021 Education Impact Report

I cannot wish for a better education for my kids and a better extended family.
 – Zsolt Haraszti, father of an SRSYO musician

The SRS gives every child musician the confidence necessary to excel in every aspect of their lives.
– Kalysta Schwartz, Aspirante Youth Orchestra alumnus


Institute for Music Education COVID Response

2023-2024 SEASON

The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education, with innovation and imagination, continues to seek ways to engage young people with the healing power of music and music making. More than ever before, the Institute is dedicated to its mission to provide quality music education throughout Sonoma County, a mission that is vital to the health and well-being of our community.

We are currently accepting audition applications for:

  • Debut Youth Orchestra
  • Aspirante Youth Orchestra
  • Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Young People's Chamber Orchestra
  • Saturday Morning Jazz

Please visit this page for more information about each of these programs and how to submit an audition request. 

Auditions are not required for String Orchestra Workshop, but registration is open for this group.


It is our primary goal to be sure all our musicians--students, staff, and faculty--are safe and confident before, during and after rehearsals. To that end, we require all faculty and staff to be vaccinated, as well as the following protocols:

We no longer require proof of vaccination or weekly Negative Rapid Antigen tests for young musicians to participate in SRSYE programs. 


  • Masks are optional.  You are welcome to wear one.  
  • Some venues may require masks backstage.


  • Anyone who is ill, for any reason, must not attend any rehearsal or event.  
  • Anyone experiencing any COVID symptoms must not attend any rehearsal or event.  
  • Notify your ensemble manager and we will work to set up a Zoom Video Conference to the rehearsal so you can observe and take notes.

These protocols are subject to change. 

Please email Director of Education, Wendy Cilman, if you have any questions. 


Simply Strings plans to return to Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School to resume in-person, after school music instruction for grades 1-8. The Simply Strings Integrated Roseland Program offers twice weekly in-person music instruction during the regular school day for all third graders in the Roseland District, nine classrooms in all.


It’s Elementary
Continues to provide a two-year-long suite of music education opportunities and services to six deserving Sonoma County elementary schools, reaching over 2,600 students. A highlight of the program is visits to the schools from small ensembles of the Santa Rosa Symphony. This feature was replaced by “live” assemblies on Zoom. We are waiting to hear from our partner schools about the viability of a return to in-person assemblies. 

Elementary School Listening Program
Continues to provide daily listening to all subscribed schools. The program has been expanded to include more integrative arts content to assist the teachers as they navigate remote learning. Additionally, the scripts for daily listening are being translated into Spanish.

Free Concerts For Youth
Students participating in the IGNITE program are invited to play their prepared song in the May Free Concerts For Youth. In addition to the It’s Elementary partner schools, this program is being made available to all fourth graders in the Santa Rosa City Schools.


The health and safety of all campers, faculty and staff is our top priority. We used many of these same protocols during our in-person camp last summer, where there were no known campus transmissions. Here are some of the safety protocols we plan to use to help keep everyone safe while at camp:

  • All faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.
  • We encourage masks to be worn indoors.
  • We require one of the following:
    • Proof of vaccination at the start of camp.
    • Rapid antigen tests done at home, with results brought to camp at the start of each week.

Guidance from state and local authorities will determine actual policies in Summer 2023. Please check back as we release our current guidelines and updated Health & Safety Plan.

If you have questions regarding Health and Safety at our Summer Music Academy, please contact Ryan Contreras.




We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:


The Santa Rosa Symphony League
The Family and Friends of Sonja Coyman-Myklebust, in loving memory
Savannah Hill Music Scholarship Fund
Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa
Kiwanis Club of Oakmont
Active 20-30 Healdsburg #205
George L. Smith Jr. M.D. and Nancy Doyle M.D. Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County​
Donavon & Jennifer Ammons
Garth Bixler




All photos by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

Contact Us

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services | Box Office:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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